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Cook Inlet boys, Nikolaevsk girls win Cook Inlet Classic crowns

Eagles triumph thanks to monster comeback against Yakutat

Posted: December 21, 2013 - 10:35pm  |  Updated: December 23, 2013 - 12:47am

Friday went from a night to forget to a night to remember for the Cook Inlet Academy boys basketball team.

Facing Yakutat, the consolation champion at the Class 1A state basketball tournament last season, Cook Inlet fell into an 11-6 hole after the first quarter and a 32-12 deficit at halftime in the Cook Inlet Classic game at Cook Inlet Academy.

“All these alumni, family and friends were home and had a chance to see this team play that they heard was supposed to be good,” CIA coach Justin Franchino said. “I’m surprised they didn’t leave at halftime.”

They would have missed a comeback for the ages, and a comeback that ultimately gave CIA the title at the round-robin tournament. The girls title went to Nikolaevsk, which finished 3-0.

The Eagles trimmed the lead to 40-25 after three quarters. But Yakutat does not have a style that allows it to sit on a lead. Yakutat presses, and likes to let fly with 3-pointers.

Franchino said that when Yakutat started slowing the game down, it threw the squad off its rhythm.

“It’s a tough situation to be in,” Franchino said. “Do you just keep taking 3-pointers? What’s a good shot and what’s a bad shot?

“We turned up the defensive intensity, and then the crowd got into it.”

In the fourth quarter, CIA starting forcing turnovers with a trapping zone defense. CIA also began to break Yakutat’s press and get open layups. With 18 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Timmy Smithwick nailed a cold-blooded 3-pointer from the top of the key to tie the game at 50 and provoke bedlam. Smithwick had 15 of his 33 points in the quarter.

CIA got the ball right back from Yakutat. Smithwick, not realizing there was ample time on the clock, threw up a shot from halfcourt. The attempt missed, but Riley Solie got the rebound and was fouled shooting with .5 seconds left. Solie got three free throws in all, one due to a violation, but missed them all to send the game to overtime.

In the first overtime, Yakutat’s Billy Brown was at the line with the game tied at 54 with 22 seconds left, but he missed the front end of a bonus. Smithwick then turned the ball over with six seconds left, and Yakutat failed to get a shot off.

With 3:39 left in the second overtime, Brown was called for a charge, joining Josh James on the bench with five fouls. This left Yakutat with just four players on the floor.

But CIA had problems of its own, with Smithwick coming down with leg cramps. Smithwick showed guts by staying in the game, and Yakutat held on for a while, but in the end having four players was too much to overcome.

“I’ve been involved in three state championships as a player and coach, but this was something special to be involved in tonight,” Franchino said. “It’s a sign of the heart this team has. They proved that tonight with this kind of win.”

Franchino said everybody played a role in the victory, even the players on the bench who nearly lost their voices yelling.

“It’s a night they’ll all look back on and remember,” he said. “The 11 guys on this team will remember doing something like this together.”

Kalani Russell had 28 points for Yakutat, while James added 17.

Saturday, CIA wrapped up a 3-0 run through the tournament by topping Wasilla Lake Christian 38-29. Timmy Smithwick paced CIA with 14 points, while Connor Knowles had 13 for Wasilla Lake, which finished 0-3.

Saturday, the Nikolaevsk girls wrapped up their tournament title by defeating Yakutat 31-22. The Warriors took control of the game by outscoring Yakutat 16-8 in the first quarter. That was enough for Nikolaevsk to survive a scoreless fourth quarter.

Nianiella Dorvall paced the Warriors with 14 points, while Sarah Newlun had eight for Yakutat. The Eagles finished third in the tourney at 1-2.

On Friday, the Nikolaevsk girls took another step toward the tournament title by upending Ninilchik JV 51-7.

Nianiella Dorvall was the lone Warriors player in double figures with 10, but Nikolaevsk coach Bea Klaich said he was happy that all the other players on the team scored at least once.

Melissa Ehlers had three points to lead the Wolverines.

Saturday, the CIA girls defeated Ninilchik JV 25-13 to finish second at the tournament with a 2-1 record. The Wolverines finished 0-3.

The Wolverines won the first half 11-8, but CIA took control of the game by outscoring the Wolverines 11-2 in the third quarter and 6-0 in the fourth quarter.

Nicole Moffis and Richele McGahan had six points to lead the Eagles, while Melissa Clark had six points to lead Ninilchik.

On Friday, the Cook Inlet girls took down Yakutat 43-21. Yakutat won Class 2A state titles from 2007 to 2009, and CIA coach Rustin Hitchcock said Yakutat should be good this year. He said Yakutat got a lot of good shots that did not fall.

CIA jumped out to a 19-2 lead after the first quarter. Moffis had 18 points for CIA, including seven in the decisive first period. Janie Jensen paced Yakutat with eight points.

Also Friday, the Nikolaevsk boys rolled to a 50-21 victory over Wasilla Lake Christian, which was missing three starters, according to Nikolaevsk coach Steve Klaich.

Jaruby Nelson had 14 points to lead the Warriors, while Felemon Molodih put 10 on the board. Wasilla Lake was led by Knowles with 10 points.

Klaich said he was happy his team showed improved shot selection in the game. He said the Warriors are still committing too many turnovers, however.

Saturday, Nikolaevsk wrapped up the tournament with a 50-36 loss to Yakutat. The Warriors were third at the tournament at 1-2, while Yakutat finished second at 2-1. Nikolaevsk trailed 33-25 entering the fourth quarter, but the Eagles slammed the door shut over the course of the final eight minutes.

Brown poured in 26 points for Yakutat, while James chipped in with 13. Nikit Fefelov paced the Warriors with 12 points.

 

Friday girls

Warriors 51, Wolverines JV 7

Ninilchik 0 4 3 0 —7

Nikolaevsk 10 16 13 12 —51

NINILCHIK (7) — Cooper 0 0-0 0, Sinclair 1 0-0 2, Goins 0 0-2 0, Ehlers 1 1-2 3, Finney 0 0-0 0, Me. Clark 1 0-0 2, Robuck 0 0-0 0, Mi. Clark 0 0-0 0. Totals — 3 1-4 7.

NIKOLAEVSK (51) — Ki. Klaich 2 0-0 6, Kr. Klaich 1 0-0 2, Fefelov 4 0-0 9, So. Kalugin 4 0-1 8, Stafford 2 0-0 5, Se. Kalugin 1 1-2 3, A. Dorvall 1 0-0 2, N. Dorvall 5 0-0 10, Hickman 1 0-0 2, Kojin 2 0-0 4. Totals — 23 1-3 51.

3-point goals — Nikolaevsk 4 (Ki. Klaich 2, Fefelov 1, Stafford 1). Team fouls — Ninilchik 5, Nikolaevsk 8. Fouled out — none.

 

CIA 43, Yakutat 21

Yakutat 2 5 4 10 —21

CIA 19 7 6 4 —43

YAKUTAT (21) — Pate 0 0-0 0, Jensen 3 2-2 8, Newlun 2 0-0 5, Lord 3 0-0 6, Adams 1 0-0 2, Go 0 0-0 0, Bell 0 0-0 0, Lekanof 0 0-0 0. Totals — 9 2-2 21.

COOK INLET ACADEMY (43) — Moffis 5 5-6 18, Orth 1 2-2 4, Hammond 3 1-2 7, Brush 2 2-4 6, McGahan 1 4-4 6, Lyons 0 2-2 2, Hills 0 0-0 0, Taplin 0 0-0 0, Hanna 0 0-0 0. Totals — 12 16-20 43.

3-point goals — Yakutat 1 (Newlun); CIA 3 (Moffis 3). Team fouls — Yakutat 17, CIA 9. Fouled out — none.

 

Friday boys

Warriors 50, Rams 21

W. Lake 3 7 5 6 —21

Nikolaevsk 14 18 12 6 —50

WASILLA LAKE (21) — J. Stiner 1 0-1 2, B. Stiner 0 0-0 0, Willson 1 1-4 4, Sherbahn 0 0-2 0, Knowles 5 0-2 10, Cook 2 0-0 5, Young 0 0-0 0, Campbell 0 0-0 0. Totals — 9 1-9 21.

NIKOLAEVSK (50) — Lasiter 0 0-0 0, K. Molodih 0 1-2 1, Nelson 7 0-0 14, Trail 1 0-0 2, Yakunin 3 0-0 6, N. Fefelov 0 0-0 0, Gordeev 3 0-0 6, F. Molodih 5 0-0 10, J. Fefelov 4 0-0 9, Kalugin 1 0-0 2. Totals — 24 1-2 50.

3-point goals — Wasilla Lake 2 (Willson, Cook); Nikolaevsk 1 (J. Fefelov). Team fouls — Wasilla Lake 9, Nikolaevsk 10. Fouled out — Knowles.

 

CIA 64, Yakutat 58, 2 OT

Yakutat 11 21 8 10 4 4 —58

CIA 6 6 13 25 4 10 —64

YAKUTAT (58) — Brown 1 1-3 3, Rockwood 1 1-2 3, James 7 3-6 17, Jensen 2 1-2 6, Lekanof 0 1-2 1, Russell 11 0-0 28. Totals — 22 7-15 58.

COOK INLET ACADEMY (64) — Uchtman 0 0-0 0, A. Hammond 0 0-0 0, R. Smithwick 3 1-4 8, Barlow 2 2-2 6, Leaf 2 0-0 5, T. Smithwick 9 13-16 33, Lyons 0 0-0 0, R. Solie 2 0-3 4, Weems 4 0-3 8. Totals — 22 16-28 64.

3-point goals — Yakutat 7 (Russell 6, Jensen); CIA 4 (T. Smithwick 2, Leaf, R. Smithwick). Team fouls — Yakutat 15, CIA 13. Fouled out — Brown, James.

 

Saturday girls

Warriors 31, Eagles 22

Yakutat 8 3 7 4 —22

Nikolaevsk 16 4 11 0 —31

YAKUTAT (22) — Jensen 1 0-0 2, Newlun 3 1-2 8, Lord 2 0-2 4, Adams 2 0-0 4, Go 0 0-0 0, Bell 0 0-2 0, Pate 1 0-0 2, Lekanof 1 0-0 2. Totals — 10 1-6 22.

NIKOLAEVSK (31) — Ki. Klaich 1 0-0 2, Kr. Klaich 0 0-0 0, Fefelov 1 0-0 2, So. Kalugin 0 3-4 3, Stafford 1 0-0 2, Se. Kalugin 1 1-2 4, A. Dorvall 1 0-0 2, N. Dorvall 5 4-5 14, Hickman 1 0-0 2, Kojin 0 0-0 0. Totals — 11 7-11 31.

3-point goals — Yakutat 1 (Newlun); Nikolaevsk 1 (Se. Kalugin). Team fouls — Yakutat 13, Nikolaevsk 10. Fouled out — none.

 

Eagles 25, Wolverines JV 13

Ninilchik 4 7 2 0 —13

CIA 4 4 11 6 —25

NINILCHIK (13) — Cooper 0 0-0 0, Sinclair 0 0-0 0, Goins 1 1-2 3, Ehlers 1 0-0 2, Finney 1 0-0 2, Me. Clark 3 0-0 6, Robuck 0 0-0 0, Mi. Clark 0 0-0 0. Totals — 6 1-2 13.

COOK INLET ACADEMY (25) — Hanna 1 0-0 2, Moffis 2 2-2 6, Taplin 0 0-2 0, Hills 2 0-0 4, Brush 1 0-0 2, Lyons 1 0-0 2, Hammond 0 0-0 0, McGahan 3 0-0 6, Orth 1 1-2 3. Totals — 11 3-6 25.

3-point goals — Team fouls — Ninilchik 8, Fouled out — none.

 

Saturday boys

Eagles 50, Warriors 36

Yakutat 13 7 13 17 —50

Nikolaevsk 14 6 5 11 —36

YAKUTAT (50) — Brown 11 2-5 26, Rockwood 0 0-2 0, James 5 3-4 13, Jensen 1 0-0 3, Lekanof 1 0-0 2, Russell 3 0-1 6. Totals — 21 5-12 50.

NIKOLAEVSK (36) — Lasiter 0 0-0 0, K. Molodih 0 0-0 0, Nelson 4 1-4 9, Trail 0 0-0 0, Yakunin 2 0-4 4, N. Fefelov 4 0-0 12, Gordeev 3 0-0 7, F. Molodih 0 0-0 0, J. Fefelov 2 0-0 4. Totals — 15 1-8 36.

3-point goals — Yakutat 3 (Brown 2, Jensen); Nikolaevsk 1 (Gordeev). Team fouls — Yakutat 11, Nikolaevsk 12. Fouled out — none.

 

Eagles 38, Rams 29

W. Lake 8 8 0 13 —29

CIA 6 11 18 3 —38

WASILLA LAKE CHRISTIAN (29) — J. Stiner 2 0-4 4, B. Stiner 2 1-1 5, Willson 0 0-2 0, Sherbahn 0 1-2 1, Knowles 3 6-12 13, Cook 2 2-3 6, Campbell 0 0-0 0. Totals — 9 9-23 29.

COOK INLET ACADEMY (38) — Uchtman 1 0-0 2, A. Hammond 2 0-0 4, B. Hammond 0 0-0 0, R. Smithwick 0 0-0 0, Leaf 0 2-4 2, J. Solie 0 0-0 0, T. Smithwick 6 1-2 14, Lyons 2 0-0 6, R. Solie 1 0-1 2, Weems 2 4-6 8. Totals — 14 7-13 38.

3-point goals — Wasilla Lake 1 (Knowles); CIA 3 (Lyons 2, T. Smithwick) Team fouls — Wasilla Lake 17, CIA 19. Fouled out — none.

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